Tue. Oct 26th, 2021

Hotel quarantine is being scrapped in NSW and new freedoms will be restored next week as the state prepares to open up to the world on November 1, Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet has announced.

NSW is the first state in the country to work with the Commonwealth to announce that it will open to travelers from abroad and scrap quarantine rules for the fully vaccinated.

‘Sydney (and) NSW are open for business,’ Perrottet said on Friday.

‘We want people back … Hotel quarantine is a thing of the past. We open Sydney and NSW to the world – and that date comes on November 1st.

‘We want to work closely with the Commonwealth to ensure that there is protection in place so that we keep people safe but rejoin the world. This is an important day for our state. ‘

'Hotel quarantine is a thing of the past.  We are opening Sydney and New South Wales to the world, and that date comes on November 1, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Friday

‘Hotel quarantine is a thing of the past. We are opening Sydney and New South Wales to the world, and that date comes on November 1, NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Friday

Perrottet said the house visit limits from Monday will double from 10 to 20 and outdoor gatherings from 30 to 50.

‘Getting up in pubs will be back. They will not be any boundaries for weddings and funerals, ‘he said.

The limit of 20 people on bookings at restaurants and other hospitality venues would also be scrapped from 1 November.

‘We have only been able to do this because of the significant efforts that the people of New South Wales have made to bring us to this point,’ Perrottet said.

NSW Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole confirmed the decision to delay travel to the regions until November 1 was taken due to the risk to communities where vaccination rates lag behind cities.

Delays in regional travel were necessary to protect communities from a virus outbreak because only 36 percent of local local authority areas have populations where 80 percent are double-vaccinated against COVID-19.

‘We need to ensure that there is a balance between protecting communities and opening up,’ said Mr. Toole.

NSW quickly closes in on its 80 percent of adult double-vaccinated targets as the state reports 399 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday

NSW quickly closes in on its 80 percent of adult double-vaccinated targets as the state reports 399 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday

Meanwhile, Deputy Liberal leader Stuart Ayres said fully vaccinated people would be able to return to Australia and go to their homes without having to be quarantined.

‘It’s not hotel quarantine, it’s not home quarantine you want to be able to return home. If you are a person from another country who wants to visit or work in Australia and you are completely vaccinated, you will be able to come to Australia and not have to be quarantined, ”said Ayres.

The Prime Minister said that it would happen in the context of the Commonwealth to ensure that people who entered the state from abroad were fully vaccinated.

‘The Commonwealth Government will run this aspect of this program, but there is no reason why people all over the world who are fully vaccinated should have hotel quarantine or home quarantine for two weeks,’ he said.

Unvaccinated people will still be subject to hotel quarantine.

‘People who enter NSW if they move on to another state, they will have to comply with restrictions in that state, so if the state requires people to come from NSW in quarantine, they will still have to comply with it , ‘explained Ayres.

About 77.4 percent of adults have now received two doses of the vaccine, with 80 percent expected to be double-sided by Saturday.

About 77.4 percent of adults have now received two doses of the vaccine, with 80 percent expected to be double-sided by Saturday.

‘This will create a chance for people to come to NSW through Sydney and will also present a huge opportunity for Australians who have not had access to flights due to the caps we have put in place to protect our local health systems that have held us secure through the bulk of this pandemic, to truly enable us to protect society. ‘

Additional support for businesses in the regional New South affected by the delay in opening up the rest of the state will be provided, Perrottet announced.

‘The job center payment, which we are taking down – we are extending it for regional New South Wales by 30 per cent of salaries until 1 November,’ he said.

About 77.4 percent of adults have now received two doses of the vaccine, with 80 percent expected to be double-sided by Saturday.

More restrictions will then be eased on Monday.

Among the changes are to increase the number of visitors allowed in a home, to raise the ceiling for spectators allowed at larger events and the reopening of nightclubs.

Regional travel, which was expected to restart once the milestone was hit, has now been delayed until 1 November.

Deputy Prime Minister Paul Toole explained that the decision was caused by low vaccination rates in villages.

‘I know it’s frustrating,’ he told 2GB on Friday. ‘I know it’s a very difficult time because I know people want to pack their bags.’

‘They want to go to regional NSW, they want to go on holiday, they want to go and catch up with family and loved ones.’

Regional travel, which was expected to restart when the milestone was hit, has now been delayed until 1 November

Regional travel, which was expected to restart when the milestone was hit, has now been delayed until 1 November

‘I know it’s not an easy decision to make. We have a responsibility here to ensure that we keep our regional community safe. ‘

Residents are allowed to invite up to 20 guests to their homes, while small outdoor gatherings are increased to 50 people.

Large recreational facilities are allowed to host 5,000 spectators, while entertainment facilities can return to 75 percent capacity.

Weddings and funerals will no longer have a cap on the number of guests allowed to attend the events.

The eased restrictions come after NSW quietly launched the vaccine pass overnight.

For those who have received both jabs and have the updated Service NSW app on their phones, their vaccine status will show up when they check in at a location using the standard QR code process.

Sydneysiders previously had to scroll through their Medicare app or carry a paper certificate to prove to staff that they had been stabbed, but now a green tick appears when they sign in to a company.

NSW quickly closes in on its 80 percent of adult double-vaccinated targets as the state reports 399 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday

NSW quickly closes in on its 80 percent of adult double-vaccinated targets as the state reports 399 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday

For those who want to take advantage of the new ‘VaxPass’, they need to make sure their MyGov account has been linked to Medicare.

Then users are instructed either via the online MyGov website or the Express Plus Medicare app to click on ‘Evidence of Vaccinations’ and then ‘View History’.

They will then have the opportunity to select their digital Covid vaccine certificate and link this to the Service NSW app.

Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello tweeted a photo of his vaccine passport while checking into a cafe Friday morning.

The system had previously attracted criticism for not being ready when Sydney was finally freed from its grueling four-month lockdown on Monday.

With the launch overnight, the vaccine pass was up and running three days earlier than Mr Dominello had planned, making it much easier for pub guests going out for drinks on Friday night.

Several security measures will be in place, including a hologram with the NSW Waratah logo to help companies ensure their customers comply with the rules.

Testing of the app had been carried out in clubs and geriatric care facilities in Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga and Lismore.

Freedoms with 80 percent jab rate

Masks and QR codes:

Masks are required for all employees and customers in all indoor settings, including in public transportation, airplanes and at airports (except children under 12 years of age).

Masks are no longer required in office buildings (unvaccinated people must still wear a mask in the office).

Masks are no longer required in an outdoor setting (except hospitality staff in front of the house).

COVID-secure check-in and proof of vaccination are required for staff and customers.

Visits to family and friends:

Up to 20 visitors are allowed in your home at a time (visitation limits do not apply to children under 12).

Small outdoor gatherings and recreation are allowed for up to 50 people (2-person limit for people not fully vaccinated).

Visitors to residents of nursing homes and homes for the disabled are allowed in accordance with their policies.

Exercise and recreation:

Fitness centers, indoor recreation and sports facilities open with density limits and up to 20 people in classes.

There are no distance limits for exercise or recreation.

Indoor swimming pools are open for swimming lessons, exercise and rehabilitation.

Community sports are allowed for fully vaccinated staff, spectators and participants.

Shopping and personal services:

Non-critical retail open with density limits (individuals who are not fully vaccinated can only access non-critical retail through Click & Collect).

No customer service limit (including hairdressers, spas, beauty and nail salons, tattoo and massage salons), density limits apply.

Sex services reopen.

Restaurants and hospitality:

Hospitality opens with a density limit for up to 20 people per. Booking (takeaway only for people who are not fully vaccinated).

No singing indoors (except artists).

Dancing is allowed indoors and outdoors (except at nightclubs).

Drinks indoors and outdoors can sit or stand.

Work from home:

Employers allow staff to continue working from home if reasonably practicable.

Employers require non-fully vaccinated staff to work from home if reasonably practicable.

Events and entertainment:

Large recreational facilities (including stadiums, amusement parks and racetracks) open with density limits for up to 5000 people or after exemption.

Entertainment facilities (including cinemas and theaters) reopen with a tightness limit or 75% fixed capacity.

Information and education facilities (including art galleries, museums and libraries) are reopening with density limits.

COVID -safe outdoor gatherings are allowed for up to 200 people.

Controlled outdoor public gatherings (for example – fenced, seated ticket) allowed for up to 3000 people with a density limit.

Nightclubs and strip clubs reopen with seated drinks and no dancing.

Weddings and services:

Wedding ceremonies allowed without personal restriction (5-person limit for persons not fully vaccinated), the density limit still applies.

Wedding receptions allowed without personal restrictions (not allowed for people who are not fully vaccinated), eating and drinking while standing and dancing are allowed, density limit still applies.

Funerals are allowed without personal restrictions (10-person limit for people who are not fully vaccinated) and allowed to eat and drink while standing, limits for density still apply.

Places of worship reopen for people who are not fully vaccinated with density limits.

Up to 10 fully vaccinated singers can perform at places of worship and at services.

Source: NSW Government

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